Lion (2016)
January 17, 2017 5:04 PM - Subscribe

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Cast includes:

Dev Patel (now with an Australian accent!)
Nicole Kidman (with her own accent...I think)
David Wenham
Rooney Mara (now with an American accent!)

and the delightful Sunny Pawar as young Saroo.
posted by liquorice (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Take tissues. It's definitely an emotional porn type movie but I felt less manipulated than I did with films like Finding Dory or My Sister's Keeper. Which means they were more successful at manipulating, but that's what a good movie does.

I was quite moved at how they didn't shy away from some of the harder aspects of adoption and some of the very real realities for street children in India.

Dev Patel was very good and while he slipped into his British accent a few times, I was still won over.
posted by liquorice at 5:10 PM on January 17

Saroo Brierley, previously.

Google-hosted Q&A with Dev Patel, Luke Davies, and Saroo Brierley (46 min).
posted by effbot at 1:54 PM on January 19

as an expatriate who moved away from his birth country at the age of 9 and who waited for 20 years before going back again, I should say that I have also had that exercise of loading up Google Earth and tried to retrace the steps of my past and search for my old grade school, my childhood home, the park that my parents had taken me to when I was young.

I am fucking amazed at what Saroo pulled off. If this wasn't based on a true story, I wouldn't have believed it as fiction.

Places change in 20 years, the developing world has developed. New construction re-formats and over-writes the landmarks of our memory. I have tried and failed to do a lower stakes version of this, and I'm glad for the real Saroo Brierley to see that he was able to pull off that dream.

One thing I will say is that I don't cry often in films, but that montage where he returns to his village and his memories take over and it's like he's walking on instinct. Yes. To all of that. All of that is true for any of us who've been away from home for too long but are surprised when memories resurrect themselves, viscerally and truly, in that moment of recognition.
posted by bl1nk at 7:46 AM on January 20 [5 favorites]

Homegrown "Lion" a hit at the local box-office.
posted by Coaticass at 3:49 PM on January 23

Six Oscar nominations, including Patel and Kidman.
posted by effbot at 5:57 AM on January 24

After the fictionalized reunion scene I had pretty much cleaned myself up in time for the lights in the theater to come on during the credits...

Then they show a) the photos of real Saroo growing up, and b) the real Saroo taking his adoptive mother to meet his birth mother, and I was an even bigger mess than before.

I knew nothing about this going in except that Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman were in it, and there was a small adorable child in it. Being told that it was a true story in the titles at the beginning, I knew that the movie wouldn't have been made without a happy ending...So throughout the adversity that Saroo experiences, I kept thinking "It's okay, it has to have a Color Purple ending..." And of course it did, and it was emotionally satisfying.
posted by doctornecessiter at 7:45 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]

I saw Lion tonight. I normally hate "pull on your heartstrings" movies, but this was quite well done. Lots of great performances and visually breathtaking. I found myself wishing the film focused more on Saroo's relationship with his brother (his Australian brother) and less on his American girlfriend. His story was just as interesting and tragic imo.

Afterward, went straight to the restroom, which was full of middle-age, white women crying. It was oddly bonding, as I'm sure the majority were parents and some very possibly have personal experience with adoption.
posted by chaoticgood at 8:21 PM on February 3

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